Las Cruces Public Schools
Fifth-grader Jenni Davis, 11, from White Sands Elementary School is the 2015 winner of the LCPS Breakfast Slogan and Poster Contest. She created a winning slogan — “Charge Up With Breakfast” — and an art piece that encourages other students to eat a healthy breakfast, said Barbara Berger, LCPS nutrition specialist. Her artwork depicts a computer tablet with a monitor that reads, “Super Charged. Ready to eat breakfast;” the tablet is also connected to a red apple.
“Her work is part of a campaign to bring attention to the importance of eating a well-balanced breakfast,” Berger said. “For her outstanding work, Jenni and all students and staff at White Sands Elementary will receive custom-printed, drawstring tote bags displaying her unique slogan and artwork.”
The “Charge Up With Breakfast” entry was selected from hundreds of submissions received from students across all LCPS Kindergarten-to-5th grade schools, Berger said. The contest was co-sponsored by LCPS Nutrition Services and the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP-Ed, which aims to encourage students to eat well-balanced meals, she added.
Jenni was recently presented with a winning certificate by Berger and Leonor Lara from the LCPS Nutrition Services. Also were in attendance to help celebrate the announcement were Cathy Davis, Jenni’s mother; Thomas Bulger, principal; Rebecca Northrup, school nurse; Elayna Martinez, 5th grade teacher; and her fellow classmates.
The second place winner was Desert Hills Elementary 5th-grader Dani McConnell who created the slogan “Breakfast Your Way to a Fit Day.” Third place went to 2nd-grader Joaquin Pfeiffer from Jornada Elementary who developed “Breakfast is for Champs.”
“Research shows that there are benefits to kids if they start their day off right,” Berger said. “Getting the students to think about healthy choices will have a direct impact on how well they do in school.”
Berger said among the benefits of a good breakfast for children are: improvement to math, reading, and test score; improvement to memory; performing problem-solving tasks; more likely to get along with others in school.
District officials said that parents are invited to eat breakfast with their children for only $1.00. Many LCPS schools, provide breakfast at no cost to students.
For more information, contact Berger at 527.5943 or firstname.lastname@example.org.